The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
May 13, 2015 - Issue 10

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Updated PMVI Technician Guidebook for Commercial Vehicles Now Available Through OSBA
  2. 2015 STN Expo and Green Bus Summit
  3. UPDATE - 2015 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Programs
  4. Upcoming Events
Updated PMVI Technician Guidebook for Commercial Vehicles Now Available Through OSBA

OSBA is now accepting orders for the updated Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI) Technician Guidebook for immediate shipping. The new guidebook is an essential tool for ensuring Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations (MVIS) and technicians conduct annual and semi-annual inspections in full compliance with HTA Regulation 611 and the latest National Safety Code Standard 11B, Version 2014.  The 184-page book is colour illustrated and provides a comprehensive explanation of the national standard which Ontario has adopted. It provides a detailed description of the components/systems that need to be inspected, the inspection method/procedure, and what constitutes a “pass” or “reject” condition. And the best news of all, we’ve reduced the price of the book from $29.95 to just $19.95 for OSBA members. Every technician conducting PMVI inspections and signing safeties should have this book in their toolkit!  To order the guidebooks, please go to the following link: PMVI Inspection forms will be available soon for purchase through OSBA. The new forms incorporate changes made recently to both Regulation 611 and the National Safety Code 11B (Version 2014). Technicians should be reminded that the Regulations now require an inspection form to be completed each time an annual or semi-annual inspection sticker is issued.
2015 STN EXPO and Green Bus Summit

The North American School Bus EXPO Conference & Trade Show (STN EXPO), presented by School Transportation News magazine, is an annual conference held in late July that unites pupil transportation professionals from across the United States and worldwide.  Connect with over 1,000 event participants July 25-29, 2015 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. 

Pre-conference workshops include NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses; Writing a School Bus Evacuation Plan; Transportation Security Administration-Security Tabletop Exercise.  The featured keynote speaker is Bobby Bowden, Retired Two-Time National Championship-Winning College Football Coach and Author.  Other keynote speakers include Peggy Burns with a variety of presentations such as:  What's Trending in Student Management Discipline of Students with Special Needs & Preschoolers?; Trysts, Tumults & Trends: Managing Your Workforce; 50 Shades of Gray: Student Transportation Issues Are Rarely Black or White; Protected or Prisoner: Restraint Considerations in Law, Operations & Practice.  As well, Dr. Stephen Sroka will provide a keynote on “The New RX for Pupil Transportation Professionals:  Relationships and the Power of One”.  Workshop tracks include:  Special Needs and Head Start; Safety and Security; Maintenance and Technology; Management and Operations.  For further details on other workshop topics, visit: 

The one-day, six-hour trade show features more than 100 exhibitors offering the latest in products and services available to help support and improve transportation operations.

On July 29th the Green Bus Summit, a one-day symposium will extend the STN EXPO experience.  Attendees will gain insights from fleet managers on their experiences with implementing alternative fuels. Informative presentations planned for the 2015 Green Bus Summit will provide a wealth of ideas for individual organizations.
For more information, please visit:
UPDATE - 2015 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Programs

The 2015 P.R.I.D.E. Programs scheduled May 24-29 and June 7-12 are fully booked.  The next regularly scheduled program is October 18-23.  The program is filling up quickly so we suggest forwarding registration forms soon!  

If you have training requirements before October, please email your suggested dates to
 info@osba.on.caIf we are able to fill 12 spaces before the next regularly scheduled session, we will do our best to schedule another program (outside of Pan Am/Parapan Am Games July 10-26 and August 7-15). 

The link to the 2015 P.R.I.D.E. Program brochure including the registration form is:
Upcoming Events

P.R.I.D.E. Program
May 24-29, 2015 -

OSBA Webinar
June 10, 2015

P.R.I.D.E. Program
June 7-12, 2015 SOLD OUT

P.R.I.D.E. Program
July 12-17, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Jul.10-26)

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Aug. 9-14, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Aug. 7-15)

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Oct. 18-23, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Oct. 21, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Dec. 2, 2015
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